KUCHING, Feb 14 — Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian has invited former party members, including those from the breakaway United People’s Party (UPP), to attend the SUPP Chinese New Year open house for a “family reunion”.
He said this reunion should be a good start for UPP leaders, including its president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, to eventually return to SUPP and make the party stronger.
“For those who have left SUPP, I wish that they will be here for the reunion so that we can celebrate the occasion together because the people, including party’s members, want us to be under SUPP’s umbrella and for Sarawak to be stronger,” he said reporters after inspecting the final preparation for the SUPP Chinese New Year open house on Friday at the party headquarters here.
“There is no need for an instruction for them to return to SUPP, we will welcome them,” he said referring to a call from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg for Wong and his supporters to rejoin SUPP.
Abang Johari made the call at the recent Triennial Delegates Conference of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB).
Apart from Wong, who is also the state Minister of International Trade and e-Commerce, the others who have left SUPP are UPP deputy president Datuk Dr Jerip Susil and Youth leader and Engkilili state assemblyman Johnical Rayong.
Dr Sim, who is also state Minister of Local Government and Housing, said he is also calling for former SUPP members who have joined other opposition parties like the DAP and PKR to “come home”.
He said he is also calling on the youths to become SUPP members as it offers a lot of opportunities for them to serve the party and state.
“Over the next 10 years, about three-quarters of the current central committee members will step down after serving their three three-year terms,” he said, adding that he, too, will step down from his party’s post six years from now.
He added that the party wants the younger group to take over from the current central committee members.